Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Don't Be Afraid To Play Shorthanded - Adversity Builds Character

"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward."-Henry Ford

World class athlete and cyclist Lance Armstrong is quite possibly the most inspirational sports figure in the world. Just before his twenty-fifth birthday, this Olympic athlete learned he had cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain and that he had less than a 50-percent chance of survival. Despite this devastating news, Armstrong beat the cancer and came back to win the Tour de France, the world's most prestigious cycling event, six times. He never believed in defeat. He believed in the power of law of success. This is one of the key components to beating any adversity you may come across in your life; believe in the power of self!

You are an amazing machine that has within itself the ability to beat anything thrown your way. You control your life, how you think, how you act and how you feel. Choose to feel good despite the circumstances and the endorphins will flood your system to heal the "open wound."

In a world without hurdles, there are no champions. I ask you this; isn't heat necessary to produce gold, pressure and polishing necessary to produce diamonds, and adversity necessary to produce character? These are all TRUE statements. What has to come from within you is the burning desire to want to beat your adversary of adversity. It is up to you to BELIEVE like you have never BELIEVED before!

1. Tips and Drills:

i. It is the victory over our difficulties that makes us heroes.

ii. "Remember, this too shall pass."

iii. Find your support system-call a confidante who can see the bright side of the situation when you can't.

2. X's and O's: (Study):

i. Remember your past law of successes - Often when we are dealing with a difficult situation we develop amnesia about our past. Unless you are one of a privileged few, you have law of successfully overcome prior challenges in your life!

ii. On a daily basis, come up with a list of things that are great in your life, things for which you can be grateful for even as you travel this tough road you are on.

3. Go for Pay Dirt (Goals)

i. Choose to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

ii. Lessen your suffering by refusing to linger on past difficulties or expecting future ones.

4. Running the Bases (Actions)

i. Realize that misfortune tells what fortune is.

ii. Recognize misfortune for what it is: an opportunity to lift yourself to a higher level.

iii. Count your blessings. Keep in mind the Persian proverb: "I cried because I had no shoes until I saw someone with no feet."

iv. Determine your personal law of success strategy-Determine what worked for you before and apply those law of successful actions now. You will find it much easier to handle any adversity you may be facing at this time.

To your continued law of success and purpose-driven day!

Coach John


John Paul Dumas Sr., better known as "Coach John". He is a motivational speaker promoting his self-growth series "ChalkTalk101"-Visualize Victory in your life! Coach John specializes in providing CEOs and individuals the tools needed to generate and create law of success in their professional and personal lives. Learn more about his guiding principles in life at http://www.chalktalk101.com .

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